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Rhode Island vs. UMass - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Massachusetts Minutemen (12-16) at Rhode Island Rams (16-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Thomas M. Ryan Center)

The Line: Rhode Island Rams -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The UMass Minutemen will travel to the Thomas M. Ryan Center to take on the Rhode Island Rams this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The UMass Minutemen lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 12-16 (5-11 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 85-83, this past Saturday. UMass was able to get out to a 45-35 halftime lead but allowed the Bonnies to open the 2nd half on a 13-3 run to tie the game and allowed St. Bonaventure to win it on the 3-point play by Marcus Posely with 13 seconds left in the game. UMass shot 57.1% from the field and 45.8% (11-24) from beyond the arc. The Minutemen allowed the Bonnies to shoot 48.1% from the field and was outrebounded by St. Bonaventure by a 32-23 margin. Leading the way for UMass was Trey Davis who had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Minutemen have been led by Trey Davis (18.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.1 spg), Donte Clark (16.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Jabarie Hinds (14.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, UMass is averaging 74.9 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field and 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Minutemen average 7.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.12. Defensively, UMass is allowing their opponents to average 77.1 ppg on 43.7% shooting. The Minutemen have a rebound margin of -2.3 and average 6.6 steals per game.

Rhode Island vs. UMass - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rhode Island Rams improved to 16-13 (8-8 A-10) on the season after defeating the Dayton Flyers, 75-66, this past Saturday. Rhode Island never trailed on the road in this one and was able to cruise to victory after getting up by a 38-25 margin at halftime. Rhode Island was outstanding on the offensive end as they shot 56.0% from the field and 52.9% (9-17) from beyond the arc. The Rams held the Flyers to 41.8% shooting from the field and 37.5% (6-16) from three-point range. Leading the way for Rhode Island was Jared Terrell who had 18 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, the Rams have been led by Jared Terrell (14.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Jarvis Garrett (13.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.1 spg), and Hassan Martin (12.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 bpg). Offensively, Rhode Island is averaging 70.0 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field and 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Rams average 6.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.04. Defensively, Rhode Island is holding their opponents to an average of 65.2 ppg on 43.1% shooting. The Rams have a rebound margin of 2.1 and average 5.1 blocks per game.

The Minutemen are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss and 8-17-2 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Rams are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

UMass has a had a tough season on the defensive side of ball as they rank 287th in the country in scoring defense, however, the Minutemen have played better as of late going 3-3 over their past six games which includes a home win against VCU. Rhode Island got a great road win in dominating fashion against Dayton and although the Rams can lack some offensive punch at times, they are one of the best defensive teams in the country ranking 33rd in scoring defense. UMass was able to get a win against the Rams earlier this season, but Rhode Island is always a tough at home and as I think the Rams defense will cause the Minutemen trouble, I’m taking Rhode Island to cover this large spread. 

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Rhode Island Rams -10

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